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1968 Toyota 2000 GT

1968 Toyota 2000 GT

Toyota 2000GT 1967–1970

  • The Toyota 2000GT originally fit 165 R15 tyres.
  • The tyre we recommend in this size is the 165 HR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67.
  • The 165-15 Michelin XAS is another great option.
  • The XAS is a tyre that was used on many notable sports cars from the '50s through to the end of the '60s, from MGA's to Porsche 356s, largely because of its fantastic, sporty handling.
  • Toyota cars of this era fitted tube-type wheels and required innertubes. These tyres will fit Michelin 15E innertubes better than any other, and we believe Michelin tubes are the best.

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Toyota 2000GT Tyres - James Bond's 2000GT from 'You Only Live Twice'

James Bond's 2000GT from 'You Only Live Twice'

Unique Toyota 2000GT Models

The 2000GT has a couple of unique models that would be some car collectors' dream, namely, as most may first think of when the 2000GT is mentioned, the 2000GT Open-Top, as featured in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice, in which, the Bond Girl Aki is the only one to drive the car, which we reckon Sean Connery was rather jealous about. Only two of these open-top models were made, with adaptations made to fit Sean Connery due to the Japanese car market at the time not being too suited to 6'2 Englishmen as his head stuck out of the top of the car, leading to the removal of the roof and rear side windows. This resulted in the now-famous Open-top models.

Not as well known, but equally rare, are the three models of 2000GT made by Carrol Shelby to compete in the 1968 SCCA production car races. there are only 2 that are owned publicly, as the third resides with Toyota, rebuilt as a replica of their record car.

White Toyota 2000GT's on the production line with the bonnet lifted - Toyota 2000GT Tyres

Toyota 2000GT's on the production line

History of the Toyota 2000GT

In the late 1950s and coming up to the early 1960s, Japan's population was seeing an increase in car ownership, thanks largely in part to the Toyota Publica and other cars produced in the '60s following Japan's "national car" concept, which was a concept for highly affordable and efficient cars to be produced for the typical working-class family.

As more people were buying cars and coming into showrooms, Toyota realised most global manufacturers would have a top-of-the line sports car or grand touring coupe on display that would draw in customers to showrooms and dealerships. This would end up driving sales of their standard models. Toyota had the Sports 800 already as their trademark Sports Car of the day, but it didn't stand up to the fantastic European sports cars being produced at the same time. This was due to its smaller engine which didn't make it much of a contender to something like a DB4 or 250 GT Coupé.

Unfinished Toyota 2000 GT on Dunlop RS5 Tyres - Toyota 2000 GT Tyres

Unfinished Toyota 2000 GT on Dunlop RS5 Tyres

Yamaha at this point was often collaborating with other Japanese manufacturers on contract, this included Nissan, with whom, they posed their YX30 sports car model, with which they went as far as making a prototype, until Nissan backed out, and instead released their Silvia Coupe in 1965. Following this, Yamaha pitched the design to Toyota, who accepted, but would instead utilize a design from their designer, named Satoru Nozaki.

The end design of the 2000GT ended up drawing a lot of inspiration from the Jaguar E Type, and many other '60s Gran Turismo aesthetics featuring a similarly sleek, flowing bodywork that was a staple of the period. The engine was a longitudinal straight-six that was based on the Toyota Crown sedan, with some modifications from Yamaha, namely, new 40 PHH carburettors and a dual-overhead-camshaft head.

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